PUBLISHED BY THE SOUTHEAST CONFERENCE, UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
Volume 34 (actually 30), Number 5
October 1 982
NEWS & NOTES
The Van Cleaves of Wadley, AL, recently attended an annual family
reunion in Indiana. Since most of the Indiana relatives, friends of childhood and
youth, and even former students of Miss Vera Van Cleave could not come to
Alabama for the celebration of her 100th birthday in December, they decided to
hold this celebration during the summer. They seemed to feel that if Uncle Sam
could move birthdays, they should have the same privilege.
Two volumes of cards, birthday letters and photos were presented to Ms.
Van Cleave. Happy birthday!
Rev. Steven E. Voelker has resigned as pastor of Jones Chapel United
Congregational Christian Church in Woodbury, GA to accept a call to Iowa. We
wish for Steve and Patti God's richest blessings.
Congratulations are in order for sixty-three persons who were recognized
for having perfect attendance in Sunday School. In a recent bulleting from St.
John's UCC, Cullman, AL, nineteen people were listed as having a record of one
year's perfect attendance; others had records ranging from 2 to 21 years; Arthur
Richter's record is 31 years and Evelyn Richter's record is an admirable 32 years
of perfect attendance in Sunday School!
COMMISSION ON WOMEN IN CHURCH AND SOCIETY
HOLDS FALL MEETING
The Commission on Women met in Atlanta September 10-11 for a
weekend of reflection and redefinition. We celebrated some of our achievements
as a Task Force and then turned our thoughts to our future as a Commission of
the Southeast Conference.
With Rev. Joyce Myers of the Office for Church Life and Leadership of the
U.C.C. as facilitator we drew our scattered dreams and diverse goals into an
ordered whole. The following were voted and approved:
I. Develop leadership skills and opportunities for service of women at all
levels in the life of the church. Affirm the vocation of women clergy and use their
gifts in The Southeast Conference.
II. Establish a communication network throughout the Conference for
sharing of resources and information.
III. Provide opportunities for self-affirmation and personal growth of
women of the Southeast Conference.
IV. Lift up the call to be in mission in our communities and world.
These goals will take more specific shape in the months to come. We will
share these with you as they develop.
--Carol Jean Delcher
PILGRIMAGE HOLDS GROUND-BREAKING CEREMONIES
Sunday afternoon, Sept. 12, over 100 members and friends of Pilgrimage
U.C.C., a new church start in Marietta, GA, gathered on their property to break
ground for their first unit building. The lilting soprano voice of Barbara Campbell
of Central Congregational Church, Atlanta, beckoned people down a woodland
path to the building site.
After praising God with Scripture and song, the first spadeful of dirt was
turned by Tom Walston, Chair of the Building Committee. Rev. Ira Chace, pastor
of Pilgrimage, turned the next, then invited all present to "jump in." Much to the
chagrin of the children, the adults quit after one shovelful— the children had
thought the purpose was to dig the foundation!
Formal construction for the $300,000 building will be underway by Nov. 1 .
The 102-member congregation has set a target date of March 1, 1983 for
occupying the new facility.
This congregation has come a long way since its official beginning in
October, 1979. All of us wish them God-speed in the construction of the new
building and continued success.
If you have been looking for a single resource which will help leaders in
your church in carrying out their responsibilities, the Office for Church Life and
Leadership of the U.C.C. has just what you've been looking for. Available by
December 1 , The Leader's Box includes clear and concise material assistance
on more than 140 topics, including Deacon, Elder, Annual Meeting Planning,
Ushering, Spiritual Disciplines, UCC Polity and many, many more.
The Leader's Box has been over three years in the making and is the work
of the staff of the Office for Church Life and Leadership, assisted by over 400
people from across the UCC who contributed towards its development. Made
possible through the support of the Family Thank Offering, The Leader's Box is
organized under four categories of leadership development: offices and
positions, skills and tasks, background perspectives, and personal development.
One of the churches which tested the material said, "It should be an excellent
source of information and stimulation to officers, committee members and all the
members of the church." "A handy-dandy little mini-library with a remarkably
wide-ranging index and well organized," wrote another.
"The Leader's Box will cost $23. Brochures announcing its planned
release will be on pastors' desks in October offering a pre-publication price of
$18. That price will be good through Dec. 31, 1982. You may also order The
Leader's Sox directly from Church Leadership Resources, 1400 North 7th St.,
Suite B, St. Louis, MO 63106. Make checks payable to Church Leadership
Resources and include 10% plus $1 .00 for postage and handling.
RESOURCES FOR BIBLE STUDY AND NATIONAL BIBLE WEEK
Study aids and ideas about the Bible are found in a packet of materials
from the Office for Church Life and Leadership. "Looking to the Word" contains
many good resources about the Bible and Bible study. $3.00 plus $1 .05 postage
and handling, Church Leadership Resources, 1400 N. 7th St., Suite B. St. Louis,
Reprints of A.D.'s annual Advent Calendar will again be available this
year. The 1982 calendar is expanded to eight pages and is in full color. Order 10-
24 reprints for 40 cents apiece; 25-49, 30 cents each; 50-99, 20 cents each; or
100 or more, 15 cents each. Send payment with order to A.D. Publications,
Room 1640, 475 Riverside Drive, New York, NY 10115.
NATIONAL SALUTE TO VIETNAM VETERANS
The United Church of Christ has been asked by the Vietnam Veterans
Memorial Fund to participate in a National Salute to Vietnam Veterans this
November. Specifically, the Fund has requested that we take part in nationwide
religious tributes on Sunday, November 14, by honoring Vietnam veterans and
those who died there. The planners have suggested prayers, ringing of church
bells, special services and emphasis in sermons. The following statement was
prepared for the occasion by Avery D. Post, President, United Church of Christ:
"Our Church, the United Church of Christ, is a peace-making church. We
also believe deeply in the Christian message of reconciliation.
"Because of these beliefs, we feel strongly that this country must lay to
rest the tensions and antagonisms that it still carries as a result of the Vietnam
"We in the UCC opposed this war. Our highest decision-making body, the
General Synod, proclaimed that it was an unjust war, in which the United States
violated the South Vietnam people's right to self-determination.
"Nonetheless, however wrong our involvement in the Vietnam War was, it
is equally wrong to require that the men and women whom our country sent there
pay, over and over, for our sins, now that the wrongness of the war has been
"Therefore, we salute our Vietnam soldiers for their bravery and for their
willingness to risk their lives at their nation's call. We salute them for the time
they gave up, out of their youth, to serve their country. We salute both the men
and women who died in Vietnam and those who returned home, whether they
chose to defend their country's actions or to work to halt them.
"As Christians, we give these veterans our love and we remember them I
our prayers today. And we pray that our nation will put the divisions of Vietnam
behind us, once and for all, and move forward to make peace on earth."
History and Program: 25th Anniversary Edition
A NEW 25TH ANNIVERSARY edition of the History and Program of the
United Church of Christ is now available. Full of interesting information regarding
the history of our denomination and updated information on all UCC national
instrumentalities and other bodies, this expanded edition is an especially good
resource for new church members.
"This booklet tells a story— simply and directly," says Avery D. Post,
president of the U.C.C., in the booklet's preface. "The story reaches back to the
roots of the United Church of Christ and tracks our growth through long years.
The story illuminates the present moment and shows how we work together in
mission and ministry. It even steps toward the future, as it savors the hope that
our charter is to be a united and uniting church."
Available from The Pilgrim Press, United Church Board for Homeland
Ministries, 132 West 31st Street, New York, NY 10001 . One to nine copies cost
$1.50 each; ten or more copies are $1.25 each. Payment, including $1.50
handling and shipping if order is under $12.50, must accompany order.
"WHAT'S YOUR PRIORITY?"
Those words are on our UCC Peace Priority button, which shows a Lion
and a Lamb smiling at each other, the Biblical hope of their dwelling together in
peace. At the last General Synod our denomination voted as one of its two
priorities that the UCC "become a peace church" as we seek to be faithful to the
call of Christ to be peacemakers in today's nuclear world.
Initiating the development of the peace priority was assigned to the Office
for Church in Society (OCIS) with the cooperation of other UCC instrumentalities.
Materials and resources have been produced; packets are being distributed to
churches, pastors and those church leaders who have indicated a concern for
peace. Five Southeast Conference representatives went to Columbus, Ohio for a
regional training conference Sept. 16-18. Our delegates were: Rev. and Mrs.
Charles Brewster (P.O. Box 306, Pleasant Hill, TN 38578), Rev. Edward M.
Brown (499 Emory Circle N.E., Atlanta, GA 30307), Mrs. Louise Cox (Rt. 1, Box
3E, LaFayette, AL 36862), Rev. James Myers (1609 Francis Ave. S.W.,
Birmingham, AL 35211), and Rev. Steven Nunn-Miller (515 Young Ave.,
Chattanooga, TN 37504).
The overall goal is to build a network of concerned persons who link
together the national, state and local efforts of religiously motivated people
working for peace and justice. Because hunger and poverty worldwide are
affected by the huge military expenditures, the peace and hunger networks are to
be joined together. The main thrust of the program is to organize this peace and
hunger network. Using the congressional district structure throughout the
country, we will work to influence peace and justice through our local churches.
You will be hearing more about the program in forthcoming issues of the
Southeast News, at various Association meetings and through contact with
delegates, who have individually accepted responsibility for initiative and follow-
up in their states. They are ready to answer your questions about resource
materials and speaking engagements. They are committed to building a Peace
Advocacy Network in our area in partnership with you— contact them!
The United Church Board for Homeland Ministries publication entitled
Families is a valuable resource for adult church groups and Christian educators,
Sunday School teachers, etc. Copies are available by writing: United Church
Board for Homeland Ministries, 132 West 31st Street, New York, NY 10001,
Attention Dr. Nanette M. Roberts. This publication is free of charge.
FINDINGS FOR THE 1980 NATIONAL YOUTH EVENT SURVEY
is a help for leaders to know where to go for ideas, support and resources
to start and nurture an ongoing, successful youth ministry program. Over the next
three years the notebook will become a compendium of up-to-date articles
sharing what's happening in young adult ministries, what programs have worked
(and why), what ideas haven't worked (and why not), where to go and whom to
ask for program helps. The binder notebook has 17 articles and five divider
sections. By buying a 3-year "subscription" you will receive additional articles in
twice a year mailings. $12.95 from Church Leadership Resources, 1400 N. 7th
St., Suite B, St. Louis, MO 63106.
"A Southern Pilgrimage:
Central Congregational Church of Atlanta, 1882-1982"
For all of its one hundred years, Central Congregational Church, Atlanta,
GA, has lived between two worlds. It is situated in the "capital city" of the New
South but its roots are in Puritan New England. Its first members were northern
emigres, pilgrims to the hub of economic redevelopment in the post-Civil War
south. It has remained a church of pilgrims, of one sort or another.
"A Southern Pilgrimage" is a cooperative undertaking to which many
members of the church contributed. Principal authors are William T. Scott, Jr.,
Allen Moye, W. R. Myers, H. L. Johnson and R. C. McMath, Jr. Based on
research in the church and denominational archives and in various Atlanta
research libraries, as well as on interviews with long-time members of Central, it
is 104 pages in length and is illustrated.
Available in November, prepublication price of the book is $6.50 per copy
plus 75 cents postage and handling; post-publication price is $7.50 per copy plus
postage. If five or more copies are purchased deduct 50 cents per copy and 25
cents on postage. Make checks payable to Central Congregational Church, 2676
Clairmont Rd. N.E., Atlanta, GA 30329.
From the desk of Curtis Schumacher, Pleasant Hill, TN:
We expect others to honestly handle that which we give. Are we honest in
handling what God gives us?
N. Alabama Association
S. Alabama/N.W. Florida Association
E. Alabama Association
Central Alabama Association
World Community Day
Long Range Planning Committee
National Salute to Vietnam Veterans (see pp.
National Bible Week
First Sunday in Advent
THE SOUTHEAST NEWS
Published by the Southeast Conference
United Church of Christ
P.O. Box 29883
Atlanta, Georgia 30359
The preceding was a transcription from the original publication, except for
photographs and associated captions, and the annual U.S. Postal Service
Statement of Ownership, Management and Circulation. Neither the original
nor the transcription are copyrighted or have rights reserved; they are in
the public domain for free use. Copies of the original may be obtained from
the Southeast Conference office.
This transcription was recorded on July 2, 2013 by Mike Stroud, director of
Project 66-16, an initiative to record, compile and write the history of the
Southeast Conference of the United Church of Christ.